Film: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Director: Mike Mitchell
Stars: Justin Long (voice), Matthew Gray Gubler (voice), Jesse McCartney (voice), Alan Tudyk (voice), Christina Applegate (voice), Jason Lee
Playing around while aboard a cruise ship en route to a music awards ceremony, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
What I thought of it:
Let me start off by saying, I HATE the Chipmunks. I always have and always will.
OK, now that we have that out of the way, here goes…
This was my three-year-old son’s first ever cinema trip, so it didn’t matter if I thought the movie as awful (which I did!), all that mattered was that he enjoyed himself (which he did!).
This is the third in the animated/live action chipmunks movie franchise, but it was easy to pick up what had happened before – Jason lee adopted three singing chipmunks, then managed to pick up three female singing chipmunks (the Chipettes) and now they’re on board a cruise ship and will be performing at a music awards ceremony. Are you following? Yes, it’s that easy to work out. And the villain from the previous movie(s) shows up too, but you very quickly realise his connection.
The plot is simple and focuses almost entirely on how the Chipmunks and Chipettes survive on the island after accidentally going overboard, and how they all learn something about themselves and each other. It’s entirely unfunny and they all have those incredibly annoying high-pitched warbly voices that will get the hackles up on any adult (unless they’re very strange and into that kind of thin), but which the kiddies all love. However, there is something very, very wrong about animated chipmunks singing Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and nothing will ever convince me otherwise.
So, in short, a hideous experience for parents forced to watch this with their children, but great for the little’uns who will sit goggle-eyed, laughing like loons to the very end. Mine even wanted to stay to the end of the credits.
(Rating for adults is 1, but for kids it’s 5, so I had to take the average for my overall rating)